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Study unravels how microbes produce key compound used to fight cancer

For decades, scientists and doctors have known that bacteria in soil were capable of manufacturing streptozotocin, an antibiotic compound that is also an important treatment for certain types ...

Thu 7 Feb 19 from Phys.org

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Directed evolution of a designer enzyme with an unnatural catalytic amino acid

The impressively high conversion rates of natural enzymes partly result from increasing the catalytic activity of a selected few amino acid side chains through precise positioning within the ...

Fri 1 Feb 19 from Phys.org

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What makes the deadly pufferfish so delectable

Some people consider pufferfish, also known as fugu, a delicacy because of its unique and exquisite flavor, which is perhaps seasoned by knowledge that consumption of the fish could be deadly. ...

Wed 23 Jan 19 from Phys.org

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Researchers create 'shortcut' to terpene biosynthesis in E. coli

Researchers from North Carolina State University have developed an artificial enzymatic pathway for synthesizing isoprenoids, or terpenes, in E. coli. This shorter, more efficient, cost-effective ...

Wed 16 Jan 19 from Phys.org

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Rare fungus product reduces resistance to antibiotics

Microorganisms, among them fungi, are a natural and rich source of antibiotic compounds. A team from the Vetmeduni Vienna and the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna succeeded ...

Fri 15 Jul 16 from Phys.org

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Magic mushroom chemical may be a hallucinogenic insect repellent

These fungi influence our brains by producing a compound called psilocybin, but the origin of this chemical may have little to do with discovering fundamental truth

Wed 23 Aug 17 from Newscientist

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How catnip makes the chemical that causes cats to go crazy

Researchers at John Innes Centre have shed light on how catnip—also known as catmint—produces the chemical that sends cats into a state of wanton abandon.

Mon 10 Dec 18 from Phys.org

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Researchers unveil first artificial enzyme created by evolution in test tube

(Phys.org)—There's a wobbly new biochemical structure in Burckhard Seelig's lab at the University of Minnesota that may resemble what enzymes looked like billions of years ago, when life on ...

Wed 30 Jan 13 from Phys.org

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TB drug discovery paves way to pharmaceutical superhighway

New screening method using ‘allosteric compounds’ could dramatically increase efficiency of drug discovery.

Mon 7 Aug 17 from Cosmos Magazine

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New artificial enzyme safer for nature

Perilous and polluting industrial processes can be made safer with enzymes. But only a short range of enzymes have been available for the chemical industry.

Thu 22 Oct 09 from Phys.org

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